New Delhi: Former Indian international cricketer and present coach of the nation’s under-19 team, Rahul Dravid on Sunday night (July 1) was inducted into the prestigious list of ICC Hall of Fame. He is only the fourth Indian male cricketer to be part of the elite group which features Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, and Anil Kumble.
Hailed as ‘The Wall’ during his days as a cricketer, Dravid was a prolific runscorer for Team India. His 13,288 runs in Test career stands fourth on the all-time list. He played a pivotal role in India’s win sensational win in Adelaide 2003 where he had scored a double century. In ODIS, he scored 10,899 runs. He shined as India’s captain as well leading the team to Test series victories in West Indies and in England. And now, as a coach of India u-19 side, he guided the team to World Cup glory.
“It is a great honour and privilege to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I am thankful to the ICC for giving me this honour. It is a privilege to be among a group of people I have looked up to and I have admired as a young man growing up in the journey as a cricketer. I’d love to be able to thank so many people who have made it possible for me to have a career in the sport and to fulfil my dreams. My parents, my family, my two kids, my so many friends, colleagues that I have played with, and played against that enriched my game. My many coaches right from the time I was in school and the coaches I have played for in India have really helped me to develop as a cricketer,” said Dravid in his acceptance speech.
Dravid was not available to accept the honour at the ceremony for his commitments towards India A but said, “I am humbled and grateful to receive this honour. It is a privilege that I will hold very close to my heart.”